WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE LOST YOUR PET
If you have LOST your pet, please contact us at, email@example.com. Be sure to give us as much information about your pet as possible and attach an up to date picture of them. We will post your pets information to our Facebook and Petfinder.com page.
Here are some helpful tips in recovering your pet:
Finding Your Lost Pet
- Begin your search IMMEDIATELY. Don’t wait another day for your cat or dog to come home.
- Alert your neighborhood person-to-person. Talk to the neighbors, their children, the mail carrier, friends, other routine service people (sanitation people, paper delivery, etc.), lawn service personnel, and any local veterinary clinics or grooming parlors. Tell them that your pet is lost and you badly want him/her back.
- Make a flyer with your pet’s description, name, the specific date and time lost, and place last seen. Include a clear photograph of your pet, in color if possible. If you don’t have a good photo of your pet, take one today, just in case, and take a new photo every few years as your pet ages. Consider offering a reward that is large enough to be an incentive to a thief or good Samaritan to return the animal safely to you.
- Go to — do not call — your local animal control department and animal shelters in the area. Personally check for your lost animal. Go back to them every other day. Do not call them or rely on the shelter personnel to find your animal for you.
- Display flyers at grocery stores, veterinary clinics, grooming parlors, beauty parlors, or any other place you can within a one- to two-mile radius of the place where the animal was last seen. Cover areas where people gather outdoors: parks, swimming pools, ball fields, etc. If you make street signs, be sure they are larger and sturdier than notebook-sized paper (poster board, foam core, or cardboard) and can be clearly read from passing cars. People rarely are going to park their cars and get out to read a lost pet sign. Make the wording large and dark.
- Place a lost pet ad in your local papers.
- If you live in the Central Texas Area go to CentexLostPets.org
- In the Limestone or Freestone area, you may post your animals on Facebook here
Preventing Your Pet From Running Away
- Always keep a collar with proper ID on your animal. Microchip all your companion animals. Keep your cats indoors; they are always much safer that way. Regardless of whether you let your cat outside, outfit her with a “breakaway collar” with proper ID and have her microchipped. (Use only breakaway collars on cats. Regular collars get caught on things and the cat can choke to death.)
- Spay or neuter your pets. They won’t go looking for love in all the wrong places and meet with a tragic end.
- Be sure to update your pet’s tags and microchip records immediately whenever you move to a new home. Examine tags from time to time, to make sure they’re not badly worn and unreadable. Get in the habit of keeping an up to date photo of your pet to use on a flyer if they get lost.